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Michael Li: We hear a lot about data science, AI, machine learning.

These are all things that are in the milieu right now. I think they fundamentally point at the same idea, the same concept, around you might call it machine intelligence—where it’s about how do you use computers and the vast amount of data that’s out there, that kind of big data, and then leverage that to make more intelligent decisions as an organization, as a government, as a nonprofit.


This really comes from a few major secular trends that are happening.

One is the plummeting cost of computation and the plummeting cost of storage.

So now we have the capacity to store that data relatively cheaply and be able to process that data relatively cheaply.

And then the other major trend is that everyone’s walking around with smartphones. Everyone’s interacting with the internet for a large portion of the day. And so we’re able to capture huge parts of the human experience and digitize that information and store it in the cloud.

So when we have all these connected devices that are measuring us, we can actually say a lot about human behavior. And that’s actually really, really fascinating.

And from that we’re able to create products, services that are so much more rich and so much more personalized than we’ve been able to do before.

And so if you think about maybe even the simplest example, it might be something like Netflix with a recommendation engine that’s able to serve up content in a very targeted way so that they give you, they show you out of their library (of probably millions of possible videos for you to watch) the five to ten that you’re most likely to want to watch.

And they can do this from what’s called “look-alike analysis” where they would look at what other people, who have watched a similar set of videos as you have, how have they rated those videos. How much they’ve liked those videos.

And then see what other videos those people have liked that you haven’t yet watched. And that’s probably a good candidate for a video that you should watch.

So that kind of look-alike analysis—or if you’re a data scientist you probably call that a recommendation engine—That’s actually a very powerful technique and it’s sort of very fundamental to a business that has tens of millions of videos and they know you’re only going to watch one tonight.

How do you pick out that one good video so that’s not such a huge search problem for a consumer but it’s actually a pleasurable experience for them? And that has implications beyond Netflix.

If you think about a company like Amazon, that’s incredibly important for them. They have billions of items in their store. You need to be able to figure out what to buy and so they can tell you the right item that can maybe get you to buy something that you otherwise wouldn’t have purchased. And that has a direct impact on their bottom line. And it also makes consumers happier, right?

It helps you reduce the amount of time you spend searching for products and services. So I think these kind of data-enabled services where companies can give you what you want when you want it, that’s becoming increasingly powerful within the kind of consumer market and it’s becoming increasingly the standard.

So I think what we’ve seen is that for a lot of legacy enterprises that are not digital first, that haven’t been able to embrace data and data science, there’s an almost a kind of an adversarial relationship between the consumer and that product or service, where you’re saying as a consumer, “Hey, I have this great experience when I’m interacting with Google or Netflix. They seem to give me what I want. Why can’t you give me what I want?”
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2018-07-19 00:21
No More Truckstop Showers
No More Truckstop Showers
YESTERDAY
The Khan Academy
2018-07-18 19:09
Resistivity experimentally determined
Resistivity experimentally determined
MAKE Magazine
2018-07-18 19:00
Maker Update: Stroboscopic Zoetrope
Maker Update: Stroboscopic Zoetrope
MrTeslonian
2018-07-18 17:37
How to build the Ultimate OFF-GRID home fuel production system! Make fuel from any organic material!
How to build the Ultimate OFF-GRID home fuel production system! Make fuel from any organic material!
CNET TV
2018-07-18 17:16
This ultrasonic fingerprint reader likely headed to Galaxy S10
This ultrasonic fingerprint reader likely headed to Galaxy S10
The Verge
2018-07-18 17:00
Chrome OS isn’t ready for tablets yet
Chrome OS isn’t ready for tablets yet
The Royal Institution
2018-07-18 16:04
Q&A: Algorithms That Control Our Lives - with David Sumpter
Q&A: Algorithms That Control Our Lives - with David Sumpter
Tested
2018-07-18 16:00
Let's Paint: Dinosaur Garage Kits!
Let's Paint: Dinosaur Garage Kits!
BigcLiveDotCom
2018-07-18 06:17
The cheapo
The cheapo "starry" lamp. Good base for lamp projects.
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-07-18 05:59
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium First Look
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium First Look
2018-07-17



Linus Tech Tips
2018-07-17 21:15
Our best effort still SUCKS - Sketchy Heatsinks 3
Our best effort still SUCKS - Sketchy Heatsinks 3
AvE
2018-07-17 17:31
Best Corrosion Protection? | Denso Tape
Best Corrosion Protection? | Denso Tape
Big Think
2018-07-17 17:00
Why asking childlike questions is so important to science | Hope Jahren
Why asking childlike questions is so important to science | Hope Jahren
Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"
2018-07-17 17:00
TESTING Rubber Band Life Hacks (Do They Actually Work?)
TESTING Rubber Band Life Hacks (Do They Actually Work?)
Wranglestar
2018-07-17 15:54
Good Luck Breaking This
Good Luck Breaking This
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-07-17 03:20
Calibrating a TV's Individual Inputs
Calibrating a TV's Individual Inputs
The Khan Academy
2018-07-17 02:56
Angular velocity graphs due to multiple torques
Angular velocity graphs due to multiple torques
Linus Tech Tips
2018-07-17 02:42
Best Tech Deals - Prime Day 2018
Best Tech Deals - Prime Day 2018
Electronics Engineering
2018-07-17 01:39
EEVblog #1105 - $100 Custom LCD Design - Part 3
EEVblog #1105 - $100 Custom LCD Design - Part 3
2018-07-16
MindYourDecisions
2018-07-16 23:56
Fair Division Problem With A Surprising Answer (Math For Kids)
Fair Division Problem With A Surprising Answer (Math For Kids)
CNET TV
2018-07-16 23:29
Amazon Prime Day 2018: How to get the best deals (CNET How To)
Amazon Prime Day 2018: How to get the best deals (CNET How To)
Sci Show
2018-07-16 23:00
Meet Zealandia: The Earth's '8th Continent' (and Real-Life Atlantis)
Meet Zealandia: The Earth's '8th Continent' (and Real-Life Atlantis)
Marques Brownlee
2018-07-16 22:25
Naming the new iPhone X? Ask MKBHD V30!
Naming the new iPhone X? Ask MKBHD V30!
I Like To Make Stuff
2018-07-16 21:00
Varnish // Bits
Varnish // Bits
NightHawkInLight
2018-07-16 19:14
Explosive Safety Testing for Bio-Fuel Storage
Explosive Safety Testing for Bio-Fuel Storage
TEDTalks
2018-07-16 17:37
How we can design timeless cities for our collective future | Vishaan Chakrabarti
How we can design timeless cities for our collective future | Vishaan Chakrabarti
Tested
2018-07-16 17:03
Loneliness in Space Travel? - Offworld episode 9
Loneliness in Space Travel? - Offworld episode 9
Big Think
2018-07-16 16:02
How science separates fact and emotion | Heather Heying
How science separates fact and emotion | Heather Heying
Android Authority
2018-07-16 13:00
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Design  -  How to Quadruple Battery Life - Fortnite comes to Android
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Design - How to Quadruple Battery Life - Fortnite comes to Android
CNET TV
2018-07-16 10:03
The top products of the month
The top products of the month
Ben Krasnow
2018-07-16 03:33
Candle flame is repelled by magnets (and Zeeman follow-up)
Candle flame is repelled by magnets (and Zeeman follow-up)
BigcLiveDotCom
2018-07-16 02:50
Car/van keyfob button replacement.  (Glitchy video!)
Car/van keyfob button replacement. (Glitchy video!)
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-07-16 02:14
Mini Spy Cameras
Mini Spy Cameras
2018-07-15
Sci Show
2018-07-15 23:00
How 6 Rare Diseases Are Changing Everyday Medicine
How 6 Rare Diseases Are Changing Everyday Medicine
Linus Tech Tips
2018-07-15 22:09
Liquid Cooled Memory is FASTER - $#!T Manufacturers Say
Liquid Cooled Memory is FASTER - $#!T Manufacturers Say
Wranglestar
2018-07-15 20:34
I'm SHOCKED This Actually WORKED!!!
I'm SHOCKED This Actually WORKED!!!
GreatScott
2018-07-15 19:38
How to create a Bookshelf Speaker Boombox
How to create a Bookshelf Speaker Boombox
Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"
2018-07-15 17:00
Making CLAY with Baking Soda & Cornstarch
Making CLAY with Baking Soda & Cornstarch
Big Think
2018-07-15 16:00
The art of argument | Jordan Peterson
The art of argument | Jordan Peterson
2018-07-14
Cody´s Lab
2018-07-14 23:13
The Ranch Was on Fire!
The Ranch Was on Fire!
Sci Show
2018-07-14 23:00
What Happens If You Stop Pooping?
What Happens If You Stop Pooping?
BigcLiveDotCom
2018-07-14 21:54
Well engineered German LED light?  With schematic and tests.
Well engineered German LED light? With schematic and tests.
AvE
2018-07-14 19:39
SO SATISFACTING! BIG BOY CHIPS on the Mazak
SO SATISFACTING! BIG BOY CHIPS on the Mazak
Austin Evans
2018-07-14 19:05
How Fast Is the $4000 2018 MacBook Pro 15
How Fast Is the $4000 2018 MacBook Pro 15"?
AvE
2018-07-14 17:16
Hangover Cure Breakfast | World's Skookumest BBQ Griddle?
Hangover Cure Breakfast | World's Skookumest BBQ Griddle?
Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"
2018-07-14 17:00
DIY Air Conditioner For Summer!
DIY Air Conditioner For Summer!
Big Think
2018-07-14 15:49
Why now is such a cool time to be alive | Chris Hadfield
Why now is such a cool time to be alive | Chris Hadfield
Veritasium
2018-07-14 15:00
Spinning Sphere of Molten Sodium
Spinning Sphere of Molten Sodium
Veritasium 2
2018-07-14 09:29
How Earth Creates Its Magnetic Field
How Earth Creates Its Magnetic Field
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-07-14 05:07
The DOD Wants
The DOD Wants "Clippy" Software to Help Classify Data
BigcLiveDotCom
2018-07-14 04:42
Opening the bulging tin of Surstromming (fermented fish).
Opening the bulging tin of Surstromming (fermented fish).
Linus Tech Tips
2018-07-14 04:02
Jayz, Louis Rossmann, Wendell - WAN Show July 13 2018
Jayz, Louis Rossmann, Wendell - WAN Show July 13 2018
BigcLiveDotCom
2018-07-14 02:45
Glasgow meet reminder.  Sun 15th and Mon 16th July 2018.
Glasgow meet reminder. Sun 15th and Mon 16th July 2018.
The Khan Academy
2018-07-14 02:33
Energy dissipation across two resistors in series example
Energy dissipation across two resistors in series example
CNET TV
2018-07-14 00:46
New MacBook Pro first look (2018)
New MacBook Pro first look (2018)
Marques Brownlee
2018-07-14 00:44
The #1 Unlocked Smartphone on Amazon!
The #1 Unlocked Smartphone on Amazon!
2018-07-13
NASA Television
2018-07-13 23:32
NASA | Space Station Daytime Traverse
NASA | Space Station Daytime Traverse
TEDTalks
2018-07-13 23:18
The genius behind some of the world's most famous buildings | Renzo Piano
The genius behind some of the world's most famous buildings | Renzo Piano
Sci Show
2018-07-13 23:00
The Neolithic Diet: New Details About What's in the Iceman's Stomach
The Neolithic Diet: New Details About What's in the Iceman's Stomach
CNET TV
2018-07-13 22:55
Unboxing Apple's new MacBook Pro
Unboxing Apple's new MacBook Pro
NASA Television
2018-07-13 22:01
Tracing The Source of a Cosmic Phenomenon on This Week @NASA – July 13, 2018
Tracing The Source of a Cosmic Phenomenon on This Week @NASA – July 13, 2018
The Khan Academy
2018-07-13 21:09
Newton's third law conceptual worked example
Newton's third law conceptual worked example
The Khan Academy
2018-07-13 19:47
Torque and kinematics conceptual example
Torque and kinematics conceptual example
Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"
2018-07-13 17:00
Paint Can Forge
Paint Can Forge
Big Think
2018-07-13 17:00
How social media changes identity, personality, memory | Parker Posey
How social media changes identity, personality, memory | Parker Posey
Computerphile
2018-07-13 16:58
Video Streaming Problems - Computerphile
Video Streaming Problems - Computerphile
TEDTalks
2018-07-13 16:30
The nightmare videos of childrens' YouTube — and what's wrong with the internet today | James Bridle
The nightmare videos of childrens' YouTube — and what's wrong with the internet today | James Bridle
Tested
2018-07-13 16:00
Hands-On with the ZED Mini Mixed-Reality Camera!
Hands-On with the ZED Mini Mixed-Reality Camera!
The Royal Institution
2018-07-13 15:49
The Doppler Effect - Christmas Lectures with RV Jones
The Doppler Effect - Christmas Lectures with RV Jones
Android Authority
2018-07-13 15:00
Do Fitness Trackers Really Help You Get Into Shape?
Do Fitness Trackers Really Help You Get Into Shape?
The Verge
2018-07-13 15:00
MoviePass is using you to ruin the movies
MoviePass is using you to ruin the movies
Wranglestar
2018-07-13 14:30
I've Never Done This Before
I've Never Done This Before
Matthias Wandel
2018-07-13 14:00
Dewalt 60volt brushless chainsaw review
Dewalt 60volt brushless chainsaw review
Henders 007
2018-07-13 10:32
3D Compass
3D Compass
BigcLiveDotCom
2018-07-13 02:42
Out of date surströmming with the Manx beard club.
Out of date surströmming with the Manx beard club.
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-07-13 02:17
Elon's Crazy Week
Elon's Crazy Week
The Khan Academy
2018-07-13 01:08
Bank balance sheets in a fractional reserve system
Bank balance sheets in a fractional reserve system
MindYourDecisions
2018-07-13 00:07
Can You Solve Amazon's Hanging Cable Interview Question?
Can You Solve Amazon's Hanging Cable Interview Question?
2018-07-12
Linus Tech Tips
2018-07-12 23:03
Mac vs PC - ROLE REVERSAL feat. iJustine
Mac vs PC - ROLE REVERSAL feat. iJustine
Sci Show
2018-07-12 23:00
Data Mining: How You're Revealing More Than You Think
Data Mining: How You're Revealing More Than You Think
TEDTalks
2018-07-12 22:03
Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild
Why you should love gross science | Anna Rothschild
Vi Hart
2018-07-12 21:21
Four Utilities Puzzle (and how to ruin a bagel)
Four Utilities Puzzle (and how to ruin a bagel)
I Like To Make Stuff
2018-07-12 21:00
How to Make a Giant (100ft) Slip N Slide
How to Make a Giant (100ft) Slip N Slide
How Stuff Works
2018-07-12 20:40
HowStuffWorks takes on #TheShiggyChallenge !
HowStuffWorks takes on #TheShiggyChallenge !
NASA Television
2018-07-12 19:39
Rare Double Asteroid Revealed by NASA, Observatories
Rare Double Asteroid Revealed by NASA, Observatories
MAKE Magazine
2018-07-12 19:00
How to Make a Wood Turned Bottle Stopper with Le PicBois
How to Make a Wood Turned Bottle Stopper with Le PicBois
TEDTalks
2018-07-12 18:45
How Netflix changed entertainment -- and where it's headed | Reed Hastings
How Netflix changed entertainment -- and where it's headed | Reed Hastings
AsapSCIENCE
2018-07-12 18:30
Why Are You Single?
Why Are You Single?
Grant Thompson - "The King of Random"
2018-07-12 17:00
Making SHOES with Proto-Putty
Making SHOES with Proto-Putty
NASA Goddard
2018-07-12 16:59
NASA's Fermi Links Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole
NASA's Fermi Links Cosmic Neutrino to Monster Black Hole
Tested
2018-07-12 16:00
Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Everyday Carry Bag!
Adam Savage's One Day Builds: Everyday Carry Bag!
Minute Earth
2018-07-12 15:09
Why Earth Has Two Levels
Why Earth Has Two Levels
CNET TV
2018-07-12 15:00
Best anime streaming services: Anime Expo weighs in | Stream Economy
Best anime streaming services: Anime Expo weighs in | Stream Economy
Tested
2018-07-12 09:00
Lando's Back? - This is Only a Test - 7/12/18
Lando's Back? - This is Only a Test - 7/12/18
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-07-12 07:21
Pana High School Solar Race Car Team
Pana High School Solar Race Car Team
Stanford University
2018-07-12 00:21
50 Years of Transforming Lives: The History and Future of Heart Transplant at Stanford
50 Years of Transforming Lives: The History and Future of Heart Transplant at Stanford
Sci Show
2018-07-12 00:00
How to Build a Rocket Engine in Your Kitchen (Experiment Episode)
How to Build a Rocket Engine in Your Kitchen (Experiment Episode)
2018-07-11
NASA Television
2018-07-11 21:08
NASA | 4K Video Countdown to T-Zero: Flying Faster, Hotter and Closer Than Ever to the Sun
NASA | 4K Video Countdown to T-Zero: Flying Faster, Hotter and Closer Than Ever to the Sun
Linus Tech Tips
2018-07-11 21:01
Nintendo Labo - You Missed the Point!
Nintendo Labo - You Missed the Point!
How Stuff Works
2018-07-11 19:28
Eyebrow trends over the last 100 years
Eyebrow trends over the last 100 years
Austin Evans
2018-07-11 19:20
How To Waste $417.85 on Amazon...
How To Waste $417.85 on Amazon...
CNET TV
2018-07-11 18:44
Samsung Galaxy S10 details pop up online, YouTube app gets incognito mode (Alphabet City)
Samsung Galaxy S10 details pop up online, YouTube app gets incognito mode (Alphabet City)
The Khan Academy
2018-07-11 18:39
Root mean square deviation (RMSD)
Root mean square deviation (RMSD)
Mr Carlsons Lab
2018-07-11 18:34
The Next Restoration {Viewers Choice} 4K
The Next Restoration {Viewers Choice} 4K
TEDTalks
2018-07-11 17:40
How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod
How we can bring mental health support to refugees | Essam Daod
NASA Goddard
2018-07-11 17:08
NASA Surveys Hurricane Damage to Puerto Rico’s Forests
NASA Surveys Hurricane Damage to Puerto Rico’s Forests
Wranglestar
2018-07-11 17:05
I Broke My Toe
I Broke My Toe
Big Think
2018-07-11 17:00
Self-healing DNA may protect astronauts from killer radiation | Michelle Thaller
Self-healing DNA may protect astronauts from killer radiation | Michelle Thaller
The Royal Institution
2018-07-11 16:03
Smart Materials of the Future - with  Anna Ploszajski
Smart Materials of the Future - with Anna Ploszajski
Tested
2018-07-11 16:00
Weta Workshop's MOOSE Attack Robot from Chappie!
Weta Workshop's MOOSE Attack Robot from Chappie!
NASA Goddard
2018-07-11 15:30
Testing Robotic Satellite Servicing Capabilities
Testing Robotic Satellite Servicing Capabilities
The Verge
2018-07-11 14:00
Alexa invades the living room
Alexa invades the living room
Numberphile
2018-07-11 10:20
21-card trick - Numberphile
21-card trick - Numberphile
TWiT Netcast Network
2018-07-11 07:52
Fortnite Cheaters Hit by Malware
Fortnite Cheaters Hit by Malware
AvE
2018-07-11 07:26
BOLTR: Milwaukee Hole Hawg | Long Term Quality
BOLTR: Milwaukee Hole Hawg | Long Term Quality
Wranglestar
2018-07-11 02:35
My Top 5 Worst Mistakes
My Top 5 Worst Mistakes
Electronics Engineering
2018-07-11 01:15
EEVblog #1104 - Omicron Labs Bode 100 Teardown
EEVblog #1104 - Omicron Labs Bode 100 Teardown
BigcLiveDotCom
2018-07-11 01:08
The Exploding Kryptonite Game.  Let's play the game!
The Exploding Kryptonite Game. Let's play the game!
2018-07-10
Sci Show
2018-07-10 23:00
Do Animals Appreciate Music?
Do Animals Appreciate Music?
Linus Tech Tips
2018-07-10 21:01
Is Apple's behavior ILLEGAL?? - iMac Pro Repair Pt. 2
Is Apple's behavior ILLEGAL?? - iMac Pro Repair Pt. 2
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